Graduate - Academic Year

Criteria for Graduate Student Application

Children of the river

(Image courtesy of Edmund Oh, PhD Candidate in Development Sociology)

Applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate student or student applying for graduate school admission at Cornell University who is a U. S. citizen or a U. S. permanent resident (in posession of a "Permanent Resident Card" or "green card").
  2. Show potential for high academic achievement based on indicators such as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures. Also taken into consideration are feasibility and seriousness of intent as demonstrated in the application responses.
  3. Agree to pursue full-time study at Cornell in accordance with Cornell/SEAP Policies:
    • Full-time language study at beginning level or above in a Southeast Asian Language offered at Cornell: Burmese, Khmer, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese and,
    • Take at least one 25% Southeast Asia content course each semester - a list of these are updated on SEAP’s Course Database each semester (click here)
  4. Applications from graduate students in professional studies and the humanities are equally considered. These may include but are not limited to: public health, environmental sciences or engineering, human ecology or life sciences, applied economics, city and regional planning, development sociology, international agriculture, natural resources, science and technology, communication, journalism, or education.
  5. Applications for dissertation research or native speakers are less likely to be considered.
  6. Alternate fellows will be designated if all available fellowships are distributed and additional applicants are deemed qualified to receive a fellowship.
  7. Questions may be referred to: Thamora Fishel at or (607) 255-8902.